This November 24, 2014 NBC article talks about the problems with the belief by many in the mental health and addiction communities where they think that smoking is better than doing drugs or somehow helps people cope. the article offers some information about the number of hospitalizations and difficulty managing symptoms of mental illness among those who smoke.
This July 15, 2014 article on TheGuardian website in the United Kingdom talks about the high number of people with mental illnesses who smoke and looks at not only research, but offers some insight into some things that could be considered to be “cultural views” on smoking within the mental health community that have been historically seen in both the professionals and the people who are diagnosed with a mental illness. The article also seems to say that it is harder for someone with a mental illness to quit smoking than it is for someone without a mental illness to carry out the same thing. While researchers don’t know why this is, there is definitely a growing trend towards trying to understand this strong connection between mental illness and tobacco addiction.
- New Study Shows More Smoking Bans And Taxes Lead To Fewer Smoking Related Deaths (smartsign.com)
- CVS cigarette and tobacco ban sign of larger healthcare trend (practicefusion.com)
- State mental health facilities in NC going smoke-free this summer (newsobserver.com)
- Smoking by mentally ill ‘ignored’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Tobacco is still America’s top health threat. But Washington doesn’t treat it that way. (washingtonpost.com)
- Smoking and Mental Health (psychologytoday.com)
- Smokers with mental health issues need more help (scotsman.com)
- Building For The Future: Britain Bans Smoking For Anyone Born After The Year 2000 (elitedaily.com)
- Smoking cessation may improve mental health (medicalxpress.com)
- Mental Illness May Shorten Lifespan More Than Smoking, New Study Finds (publichealthwatch.wordpress.com)
This May 12, 2014 article found on the MNT website talks about a possible link between treating kids who have ADHD with stimulants and a decreased risk of starting smoking. While researchers aren’t clear on why this connection exists and feel more research is needed to figure out the link, they do feel there is some connection between the two things even if they don’t understand it yet.